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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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biographical documents: Léon Deffoux

Various biographical documents of interest:

  • 3 pages of advertising material for two books by Deffoux, Un logis de J.-K. Huysmans (1 copy), and Le naturalisme (2 copies)
  • 4 press clippings about his career ranging from 1929-1937
  • 1 small portrait of Léon Deffoux designed by Jean Lébédeff, french engraver
  • 1 photocopy of Léon Deffoux’s handwritten and typed c.v.
  • 1 offprint of an article written by J. Sanders, "Léon Deffoux (1881-1944), échotier et historiographe du naturalisme," Cahiers Naturalistes, vol. 81, 2007, pp. 259-272
  • 1 undated, untitled document (typed) about Deffoux’s career, probably by J. Sanders, may be a draft of the previous article
  • 1 excised article on Léon Deffoux by André Billy from L'Alliance litteraire, November 1930, pp. 19-22.
  • 1 letter from the Institut de France acknowledging receiving a copy of Deffoux’s book

Woven dove

Item consists of one framed woven piece depicting a dove. The bird is white, with navy blue tipped wings, and is on a light blue background. The back of the frame has handwritten quotes from: Luke 12:24, Isaiah 40:31, Tagore, and Victor Hugo, as well as a note from Tracy Fein, dated January 26, 1984, explaining her thoughts about the bird.

Verslag van een stage bij van den Bergh's en Jurgens Fabrieken N.V.

File consists of an essay by Nouwen titled "Verslag van een stage bij van den Bergh's en Jurgens Fabrieken N.V." [Report of an internship with Van den Bergh and Jurgens factories NV.]. This is a report of Nouwen's time as an intern at Unilever. Report includes drawings and pasted in diagrams of his work and the factory. His internship was conducted from July 1 - August 1, 1958.

Various magazines

-Magazine: Le Théâtre, septembre 1904 – special issue on Théâtre Antoine.
-Magazine: Le Théâtre, septembre 1902 (incomplete) – special issue on Théâtre Antoine.
-Magazine: La Revue théâtrale, mai 1906 (cover missing) – special issue on Théâtre Antoine.
-Magazine: Le Théâtre, octobre 1905.NOTE: an article on the Théâtre de l’Odéon.
-Magazine : Comoedia illustré.2 issues : 1er avril 1911 and 1er décembre 1911.Profusely illustrated with portraits of actresses and photographs.
-Magazine : Revue illustréeIssue: 15 septembre 1889.
-Magazine : Le Théâtre et Comoedia illustré. One issue : 15 janvier 1926.
-Magazine: L’Illustration théâtrale. Journal d’actualités dramatiques publiant le texte complet des pièces nouvelles jouées dans les principaux théâtres de Paris. Two loose issues (8 December 1906 and 15 October 191?) – poor condition.

Unidentified photographs of [Mexico]

File consists of 8 slides featuring photographs of an unidentified location, possibly in Mexico. This includes three photographs of ruins, possibly Mayan ruins, as well as five photographs of an unidentified city.

Unidad Escolar file

File consists of correspondence between Nouwen and Unidad Escolar between August 1986 and September 1987. File includes copies of typed letters from Nouwen to Unidad Escolar. File also contains six photographs depicting the construction of a building, the photographs are attached to the letter dated November 4, 1986.

Théâtre Libre

Théâtre Libre – various secondary sources; copies of photographs (mise en scène).
Two copies of (in German): Guide for the Guest Performande of Théâtre Libre in Residenz-Theater of Benno Jacobson, first volume.

Teaching materials

  • CA ON00389 F4-7
  • Series
  • 1966 - 1985, 1994; predominant 1971 - 1981
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Series consists of materials created by Nouwen for use in his capacity as a professor and instructor. These materials include notes for lectures, reading notes, class lists, handouts for students, class schedules, course evaluations, audio recordings of lectures, and records related to the administration of courses.

Series has been divided into two sub-series:

1.7.1. Course handouts, lecture, reading and students notes (1966 - 1994, predominant 1972 - 1981). This sub-series also includes 14 audio recordings of Nouwen's lectures and 357 art slides which he used in his lectures on Van Gogh.
1.7.2. Administrative records (1966 - 1994, predominant 1983-1985)

Further details can be found on the sub-series description level.

Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Hong Kong - Summer 1994

File consists of a fax from Daniel Yeung inviting Nouwen to the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre in Hong Kong to teach in the Summer of 1994. Includes description of the Centre's history, mission, and resources. Includes the original of the letter sent by fax and a copy of the Centre's publication "Areopagus" vol. 5, no. 4, Christmas cards and postcards from the Centre, and photographs of the Centre. There is no indication that this invitation was accepted.

Talks and sermons

Sub-series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of many of Nouwen's published and unpublished talks (including informal talks and formal lectures), and sermons (including several marriage homilies). The sub-series represents Nouwen's process of preparing for public speaking, from miscellaneous notes to annotated typescripts of talks intended for publication. Some talks and sermons contain subject matter later published in Nouwen's articles and full-length books; links between them have been made where appropriate. This sub-series also includes transcripts of Nouwen's talks made by others. It has been divided into a sub-sub-series for notebooks regarding sermons and other speaking events given by Nouwen, files, and items.

Talk at St. Philips Lutheran Church - October 24, 1980

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation in a number of lectures and events in Minnesota. Correspondence, with David Williamson, regarding Nouwen's lecture given at the Colonial Church of Edina, Annual Fall Lectureship on October 23, 1980 in Edina, Minnesota. Nouwen spoke on "Solitude and Intimacy in Contemporary Society." Correspondence, from William Hulme, regarding Nouwen's lecture at Luther-Northwestern Seminaries conference "Challenge for the Ministry in the Eighties III," on October 24, 1980, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nouwen's talk was entitled "Spirituality of Compassion," where he spoke on compassion and patience. Correspondence with, Vincent Eilers, regarding Nouwen acting as celebrant at the Serra Seminary Symposium, for St. John Vianney College Seminary and St. Paul Seminary on October 25, 1980. Nouwen spoke on "Spiritual Life in the 1980s." Includes brochures, flyers, song sheets, travel itinerary and thank you cards and letters from attendees of his talks. Also includes a news clipping on the event at the Serra Seminary Symposium and a photograph of the Colonial Church of Edina.

Sundance

Item consists of one framed painting, titled "Sundance", by Richard Packo. It was signed and dated November 3, 1987. The painting depicts two First Nations faces, the moon and an eagle.

Subject files

Series consists of newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles, press releases, newsletters, reports, one photograph, and other materials from organizations of interest or pertaining to issues of concern to New Catholic Times members and staff.

Street Level - April 27 - 30, 1994

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation at Street Level: A National Conference for Street workers at the Chestnut Park Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. Nouwen gave the opening address for the conference and led the Thursday morning devotional. Includes schedule, information sheets on workshops and speakers, reference material, and songs of devotion. Includes the May 1993 issue of Context: Research to make Religion Relevant. Also includes 12 photographs of Nouwen for the press.

St. Stephen's Chapel - December 6, 1990

File consists of memos from Nouwen to some members of the Daybreak community, inviting them to the Annual Eucharist and Dinner of the Ansgar Foundation at St. Stephen's Chapel and the National Club in Toronto. Includes copies of the seating arrangement and notes back from Sue Mosteller and Nathan Ball suggesting who from the community should be invited to join them. Also includes a pamphlet in Dutch and a photograph of an alter with Dutch annotations on the back.

South American tapestry

Item consists of one woven tapestry, most likely from South America. The tapestry has an image printed on it. It has multiple scenes depicted. In the center is the a tree bearing fruit, on which Jesus is crucified. Above Him are Adam and Eve, holding a piece of fruit. Other people are harvesting the fruit for a table at which people are eating. Below the table is a priest teaching. Below him is a mountain which people are climbing, and at the base of the mountain is water in which several people are being saved from drowning. Below Jesus are soldiers and tanks, hurting civilians. To the left is a boat of people in the water. Above them is Noah and some animals, standing on a depiction of the globe.

Scrapbook 1965 -1982

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-6
  • Subseries
  • 1965 - 1975, predominant 1970 - 1972
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of originals and photocopies of published articles written by Nouwen, about Nouwen, about his books, or kept by Nouwen between 1965 and 1982. A pen and ink sketch of Nouwen by Prof. Bainton during a lecture in 1972 is found at p. 35. All articles are described to the item level except for an article by A.C. Ramselaar, Nouwen's uncle, and the book reviews which are described at the file level. The book reviews include those for Intimacy, Bidden om het leven, Creative ministry, Een levende heenwijzing, and Met open handen.

Scrapbook 1956-1965

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-5
  • Subseries
  • 1956 - 1965, predominant 1956 - 1958
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of original published articles written and cowritten by Nouwen, about Nouwen or of interest to Nouwen between 1956 and 1965. A majority of the articles are dated between 1956 and 1958 with others being undated and one article by Nouwen's uncle, Antonius (Toon) Ramselaar, written ca. 1965 (at p. 12). A photograph featuring a "Wayside Shine" in Dublin, Ireland is found on p. 8. All articles are described to the item level except for the two by Ramselaar.

Saint Nicholas

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen wearing a St. Nicholas costume, standing next to Trevor Briggs who is wearing a Black Pete costume.

Sabbatical scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook created by members of L'Arche Daybreak as a gift for Nouwen for his sabbatical in 1995. It consists of photographs of the Woodery, Green House, Genesis Place, card from Centre Street, card from Thelus [George], Peter Rotterman, David Gray, card (with photograph of a sunrise) from Wendy, note from The Hermitage, notes from the Red House, notes from Friends (Judy & Alan Steers, Mary Bee, Martha [Crealock?], Stephanie & Joe Vorstermans and family, Beth), notes from Seniors, notes from the Big House, notes from Office Folks (Wayne & Susan, Wendy & George, Tracey, Jennifer; Myrna, Sue Mosteller), the New House, Church Street, photographs, Stephenson.

Rev. Dehnert and wife (Australia) - October 26, 1990

File consists of a letter from Rev. Dehnert, requesting to do a retreat with Nouwen or Sue Mosteller at Daybreak. Includes a copy of Nouwen's outgoing response stating that their schedules do not permit time for a retreat. Annotations on the letter indicate a dinner was confirmed for October 26th. Also includes a photograph with annotations in French on the back.

Rabbula: Icon of glory file

File consists of materials relating to the Rabbula: Icon of Glory, these materials include three photographs of icons with a sticky in S. Ron's hand: "The Slide Program Icon Glory will offer the information on these."; two audio cassette tapes of the slide show and a paper copy of a slide show. The file also contains a manuscript pertaining to Rabbula Gospel. The materials appear to have been given to Nouwen by S. Ron.

Print of "sunflowers"

Item consists of one print on cardboard base of "Sunflowers (Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers)" by Vincent Van Gogh, which hung on a wall at L'Arche Daybreak.

Powhatan, Louisiana

File consists of 172 slides of a trip taken by Nouwen. These photographs mostly depict landscapes or unidentified people, although there are several of unidentified cities. Many of the photographs have an imprint which indicates the photographs were taken between August and November 1961. It is likely that Nouwen was in Powhatan, Louisiana, at this time. Slides include photographs of a rural setting, including a man riding a tractor in a field, Leone's Grocery store (in Powhatan, LA), other small grocery stores and gas stations, a lake, children sitting on porch steps, a white church, fields, the building of a house, boys on horseback, a building on fire, a second white church, people on a beach and cotton workers. While in Powhatan, Nouwen likely traveled and took photographs of the cities he visited, including Baton Rouge, LA (P3337, P3340) and Houston, TX (P3344, P3355). There are also two photographs of three nuns on a beach (P3349, P3350). There are four photographs of Nouwen in the file (P3283, P3315, P3320, P3897).

Posthumous material regarding Sheila Watson

File consists of photocopied articles, obituaries, photographs, a large informational poster and news paper clippings of material collected and accumulated by Fred Flahiff following Sheila Watson's death on February 2, 1998, regarding her, her family, and her impact as a Canadian author. Includes: one article in Folio, University of Alberta, one article on McLuhan, postcard for book launch (of biography) and one photograph of Watson from the Globe and Mail archives by Barbara Mitchell entitled "Sheila Watson: A Tiny Output, but a Disproportionate Literary Influence" (used Feb. 3, 1998).

Bronson, M.

Postcards, cards and prints

Sub-series consists of various blank postcards, greeting cards and reprints of artwork, including prints of icons, a collection of prints by Rembrandt van Rijn, and other reprints of mostly religious artwork. It is possible that Nouwen had intended to send these materials with correspondence, as there are several copies of some prints and postcards.

Postcards and icons

Sub-series consists of approximately 500 postcards and icons collected by Nouwen. The postcards are blank except for three which contain letters on the verso. Nouwen maintained the collection of postcards and icons in three plastic index card boxes. The first section contains postcards largely of a religious nature, including architecture churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Van Gogh, Chagall, Rodin, Degas, Renoir, Barlach, and others, as well as postcards of New York. Also contains a photograph of a sculpture of Jesus on the cross and the three postcards with letters.
The second section contains postcards of a religious nature, including architecture (churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin, and others. Also contains postcards of people, flowers and nature scenes, and scenes of places from predominantly around the US.
The third section contains envelopes of icons and postcards. The envelopes are labelled "Icons", "Marthe Robin", "Archives", "Abbey of the Genesee", "Marthe Robin", "Genesee", "Rembrandt", "Check For Archives" and "Freiburg Cards". Also contains some loose cards in the back, as well as a photograph of a picture of Edith Stein in 1925 and a photograph of a church, inscribed in Dutch on the back. This box also contains icon ordination cards from the 25th anniversary of Nouwen's ordination.

Portraits of Nouwen, Peter Weiskel, and unidentified man

File consists of thirty-five photographs, taken by professional photographer Dave Schaeffer, of Nouwen, Peter Weiskel, and an unidentified young man, likely a student of Nouwen. All photographs depict the men either seated or standing at a large round table at Harvard University.

Portraits of Nouwen in Utrecht

File consists of eight photographs of Nouwen, taken by Maria Ter Staag and J.W. Wits, wearing a gray suit and dark tie, in Utrecht, NL, at the meeting of the Dean of the Archdiocese on June 20, 1996.

Portraits of Nouwen in California

File consists of twelve photographs, taken by professional photographer Kevin Dwyer, of Nouwen during his visit to California in April, 1996; one photograph includes Frank Hamilton.

Portraits of Nouwen in California

File consists of five photographs, taken by professional photographer Kevin Dwyer, of Nouwen, wearing a white sweater and black scarf, in California.

Portraits of Nouwen

File consists of two photographs, taken by professional photographer Robert Quast, of Nouwen, wearing a dark sweater and red polkadot tie, during his visit to Utrecht, NL.

Portraits of Nouwen

File consists of seven photographs, taken by professional photographer Neal McDonough, of Nouwen in New Jersey during his 1995-1996 sabbatical.

Portraits of Mary Fern Hollis and family

File consists of two photographs, taken by professional photography company Olan Mills, of Mary Fern Hollis and her family, including her teenaged children: Newcombe and Melissa.

Portrait of unidentified man

Item consists of a photograph, taken by an unknown professional photographer, of an unidentified man (born September 1, 1966, died December 13, 1992).

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